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I’m knitting another sweater: deconstructionist tendancies and a new obsession

the sweater: Ribby Cardi
the yarn: Cotton Ease in Stone
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

It’s been all shocking deconstruction around here. [

· comments [25] · 02-7-2008 · categories:knitting ·

I’m knitting another sweater: The End! Sort of!

the sweater: Ribby Cardi
the yarn: Cotton Ease in Stone
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

I’m finally, finally finished.

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· comments [28] · 01-31-2008 · categories:knitting ·

I’m knitting another sweater: overly detailed finishing

the sweater: Ribby Cardi
the yarn: Cotton Ease in Stone
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Here is how I finished this sweater, with apologies for the very! bright! orange, my camera has hissy fits over the magenta to orange scale when it’s forced to take pictures indoors at night. I like to wrap the edges of the zipper tape in soft twill, and finish the top of the zipper with the twill — this makes it nicer against the skin on my neck and creates a stop for the top of the zipper at the same time. I sew the zipper in by hand in a pathetically fastidious manner, you can also find excellent directions for sewing a zipper into a sweater over at Chicknits.

Step One: Wash and dry sweater to shrink it about as much as possible.

Step Two: Wash and dry twill tape to shrink as much as possible. This orange twill is hand dyed from Glamscience (also at Etsy) and is fantastically saturated with color. When I washed it I knotted the ends to keep them from fraying and stuck it in a mesh bag with some white socks. The socks were to determine if there would be any bleeding from the dye. The socks emerged completely unscathed. Viva Glamscience! The twill is nice and soft and makes all the difference where the zipper hits the skin on my neck, the sweater is far more wearable for it. Iron the twill when it comes out of the dryer.

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· comments [8] · 01-28-2008 · categories:knitting ·

I’m knitting another sweater: nearly there, no really

the sweater: Ribby Cardi
the yarn: Cotton Ease in Stone
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Look! All that I have to do is wash and shrink it and put in the zipper. Which means I’m officially done with the knitting part of the sweater. Yay. [Read more →]

· comments [8] · 01-22-2008 · categories:knitting ·

links: crafts

Tubular cast on without the waste at Fluffbuff

San Francisco fabric stores at Fuzzy Galore

make a sympathy doll at Craftzine

Tutorial – How to use Purse Twist Turn Locks at U-handblog

Golden Compass Hat at Froggie Meanie

Can my sewing machine be fixed? as Ask Metafilter – the answers offer a lot of fix it yourself encouragement

Velvet & hot irons… at Ask Metafilter, oh, dear, I know this pain

Techniques with Theresa: Cabling without a cable needle (second half) at Knitty

Will properly sized TECRE button/mirror parts work on a Badge-a-Minit hand press? at Ask Metafilter. Turns out: no.

Narrow Hemming Foot at The Secret Pocket, I could never get the hang of mine, time to try again

Reminder to self: PBS is showing The Complete Jane Austen starting January 13th, lots of good knitting television.

pretty crepe flower tutorial at Two Straight Lines

Too late for Christmas, or simply very early?:

How to Make a Christmas Tree Pop up Card at Wikihow, very simple and yet dramatic

Christmas tree in a box at Popgadget

· comments [15] · 01-10-2008 · categories:craft · knitting · sewing ·

I’m knitting another sweater: back to where I was

the sweater: Ribby Cardi
the yarn: Cotton Ease in Stone
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Last time I wrote about the sweater I had ripped out the neck, detachted the sleeves and unravelled the body down below the armhole shaping, all so I could add a bit of length to the body and not undo my carefully mapped out 3×1, 2×2, 3×1, 2×2, 3×1 ribbing tubular (aka. grafted, invisible, sewn, kitchener) cast on. [Read more →]

· comments [6] · 01-9-2008 · categories:knitting ·

links: miscellanea

What’s the funniest audio album you’ve heard lately that I can give as a gift? at Ask Metafilter

What is the best low maintenance, high gas mileage, low cost car I can buy (new or used) on a limited budget? at Ask Metafilter

PurseGuard Ultra, not only does it hang your purse from the edge of a table, it sounds an alarm if someone removes it, good in a crowded restaurant. at Chow

Slate’s guide to overlooked Christmas movies, I have a soft spot for Bernard and the Genie, but I suspect it isn’t neccessarily a crowd pleaser.

What the best formula for Calcium supplements? at Ask Metafilter

Angry Christmas Crackers at Cool Hunting

Bake and Shake on wishing to be “loving a magazine as much as I loved the few years of Sassy I was old enough to find relevant“. Amen.

How Much Protection Can You Get From a Skin Cream?
at The Beauty Brains

Privo Sofrito, shoes I just might want (also at Zappos).

Fluid Earth Bowl, a bowl made to resemble the topography of your chosen area, via GirlHacker.

I heart this upside down snowman, at Magpie and Cake

Re-Nest on the return of Brownberry bread, and the violent unrest the discontinuation of this bread caused. As crazy as it sounds, I understand, I love that bread.

Malenie Falick (did you know she keeps a blog?!) on the sheep and wool related art of Andy Goldsworthy, just take a look at the last photo in that entry.

· comments [11] · 12-19-2007 · categories:christmas · craft · knitting · links · shopping ·

I’m knitting another sweater: where I’m glad I bought too much yarn to start with

the sweater: Ribby Cardi
the yarn: Cotton Ease in Stone
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Just before the final steps I decided the whole sweater was too short and I ripped back. Before the moment where I took the scissors to the top of the collar, however, there was a 72 hour stretch where I alternately talked myself out of and into redoing so much work. [Read more →]

· comments [21] · 12-18-2007 · categories:knitting ·

giveaway: Knitspeak: An A to Z Guide to the Language of Knitting Patterns

I have two copies of Knitspeak to give away! I love this book, and wish I’d had it when I was learning to knit. Knitspeak gathers together all the terms and abbreviations new knitters encounter, and explains them concisely, giving illustrated instructions along the way. Best of all, they explain why some things are done, something I really appreciate.

The book is compact, and set up in dictionary format with letter tabs along the right-hand side of the pages. Illustrations are hand drawn, and very clear.

The back pages contain reference charts for anatomy of knitted items like sweaters and socks, how to read a yarn label, substituting yarn, abbreviations at a glance, yarn weights to lengths and care instructions. The back cover even includes ruler markings for inches and centimeters should you need to check gauge or quickly convert a measurement.

This book would be perfect for both new knitters who haven’t yet read Elizabeth Zimmerman, and intermediate knitters who are tackling more complicated patterns but might need some quick reminders as they go along. It will help establish a clear foundation of understanding that learning off scraps of information from, say, the internet cannot quite achieve. I point at myself here — it took me ages to put together that invisible, tubular, and grafting were all words used for the same basic technique.

Note: This is not a book for the person who wants to learn to knit, rather it’s a reference for the person who is just getting started knitting and knows the basics of casting on, knitting, purling and binding off. It does explain all these things, but it does not walk you through knitting your first square.

I have two copies of the book to give away! Please leave a message in the comments for this post if you’d like to win one. update: The winners were contacted and the books have been mailed off!

Fine print:
I’ll choose the winner on Thursday night, December 20th at 8:00 p.m. PST. I’ll ship the books as soon as I can, this might depend on working off-hours postal machines.
– You don’t need to leave your real name, but do leave a valid email address. I’ll be the only one who can see your email address (just don’t put it in the actual comment box as well).
– If you have never left a comment here before I’ll need to approve it before it publishes so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away.
– If I have not heard from an initial winner by January 3rd (I’m assuming some people will be away during the holiday break) I will choose another winner.
– Winners will be picked by a random number generator.

· comments [717] · 12-17-2007 · categories:books · knitting ·

I’m knitting another sweater: notes on tubular bind-off for 2×2 rib

the sweater: Ribby Cardi
the yarn: Cotton Ease in Stone
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

I finished the top of my collar last night using 2×2 rib tubular bind-off, which I had to re-learn since it’s been three months since the last time I managed to learn it.

I discovered that the tubular bind-off for 2×2 rib is exactly the same as the tubular bind-off for 1×1 rib. At least, the one I chose to learn is. That this extremely obvious thing managed to elude me until now makes me both feel incredibly dim, and does not surprise me at all. [Read more →]

· comments [5] · 12-11-2007 · categories:knitting ·

glitter charm

This pretty glitter charm is from Glamscience. I bought it this weekend at her table at Urban Craft Uprising and it’s destined to hang from the orange zipper for my light gray sweater. After seeing the glitter dot zipper pulls on her pouches I asked about getting one to use on my sweater, and she came up with these. Initially I thought I’d attach it to the end of my zipper pull using a jump ring, but Daria is a genius and attached them to a little clasp so they can be removed before washing — something I wouldn’t have thought of until I was standing in front of the washing machine with the sweater in my hands. I was a little worried the clasp might get caught, but I’ve been test-wearing it on my charcoal sweater and it’s not going to get snagged in the yarn at all. I’m so very happy with it! Of course, the little clasp means you could attach it to all sorts of things. I want a green one too, let’s hope they show up in the Glamscience Etsy shop.

· comments [5] · 12-2-2007 · categories:knitting · shopping ·

I’m knitting another sweater: beginning the collar

the sweater: Ribby Cardi
the yarn: Cotton Ease in Stone
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Slow progress – I’ve started the collar. I did not bind off along the top of the sweater, instead kept stitches live and, after seaming in the sleeves, I arranged them all onto a needle and started knitting upwards. I like the way it looks at the back of the neck. There were some stitches to catch along the center front curved area of on the collar. I wasn’t sure if I should pull up the stitches from below, or pick up stitches using the new yarn as I knit the first row (as in: knit one, pick one up, knit one). I pulled them up but suspect this was the wrong way to go. [Read more →]

· comments [7] · 11-28-2007 · categories:knitting ·

I’m knitting another sweater: more of the second sleeve

the sweater: Ribby Cardi
the yarn: Cotton Ease in Stone
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

I’m half way done with my second sleeve, and I got my Ravelry invite today. Ravelry, in case you don’t already know (of course you do, you’re hip and well informed like that) is a community for knitters and crocheters. A little bit like Flickr, and a little bit like a great big blog network and database of patterns, yarns and tools, it’s intricately connected to itself, Flickr and RSS feeds from blogs in a way that makes it very useful indeed. It’s proved quite the time suck in the eight hours or so that I’ve been poking around. It’s in beta so you have to have a sign in to look around, and they are uber popular right now so it’ll take about two weeks to get your invite after you request one (right hand side of the home page), but it looks like you will get one.

Through Ravelry I came across this new (new to me?) pattern by Chicknits, Twist, that might be what I use my Chocolate brown Berocco Comfort yarn to make. Pretty but still fairly simple. [Read more →]

· comments [5] · 11-20-2007 · categories:knitting ·

I’m knitting another sweater: second sleeve

the sweater: Ribby Cardi
the yarn: Cotton Ease in Stone
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4

I’ve started on my second sleeve and I can see the end in sight. After this all I need to do is seam the sleeves to the body, pull a needle through all the live collar stitches and knit up six inches, line the center front with applied i-cord and insert a zipper! That’s a lot of work but I’m pretending it’s not for the sake of being cheerful!

· comments [4] · 11-13-2007 · categories:knitting ·

I’m knitting another sweater: progress report

the sweater: Ribby Cardi
the yarn: Cotton Ease in Stone
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3

I’ve finished the all-in-one-piece body of my second Ribby Cardi and I’ve begun a sleeve. I’m knitting the sleeves in the round on two circulars, which is definitely taking more time than knitting them flat but I’m looking forward to not having to seam it. [Read more →]

· comments [8] · 11-6-2007 · categories:knitting ·